Most Popular Baby Names of the 20s

The 1920's were a changing time for the United States. The United States Census reported that more Americans lived in urban areas than rural ones, the World Series was broadcast for the first time, Charlie Chaplin and Mae West kept people laughing at the movies, Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight, and the decade ended with the stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression. The most popular baby names of the 1920's reflect that while traditional names are still represented, new names were appearing.

Trendy Names of the 1920s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1920sSince 1879
#1Seymour7k13k
#2Morton4k12k
#3Patsy3k8k
#4Harding6951k
#5Hoover5791k
#6Hideo426805
#7Toshio412737
#8Minoru370675
#9Coolidge328372
#10Mitsuo321521

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1920sSince 1879
#1Marjorie91k272k
#2Muriel20k55k
#3Bette13k35k
#4Imogene11k27k
#5Eleanore6k18k
#6Dortha3k7k
#7Leatrice2k6k
#8Emogene2k5k
#9Ruthe8772k
#10Mafalda6741k

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1Robert576k4,809k
#2John564k5,106k
#3-James515k5,136k
#4William512k4,088k
#5Charles298k2,379k
#6-George262k1,461k
#7Joseph244k2,593k
#8Richard223k2,561k
#9Edward197k1,286k
#10Donald192k1,410k
#11Thomas161k2,298k
#12Frank152k909k
#13Harold134k549k
#14-Paul132k1,385k
#15Raymond124k771k
#16Walter120k619k
#17Jack116k677k
#18Henry105k669k
#19Kenneth99k1,271k
#20Arthur97k526k
#21Albert94k487k
#22David89k3,601k
#23Harry86k421k
#24Eugene85k378k
#25Ralph84k412k
#26Howard70k345k
#27Carl70k502k
#28Willie68k448k
#29Louis68k394k
#30Clarence67k302k
#31Earl64k288k
#32Roy63k404k
#33Fred63k343k
#34Joe63k450k
#35Francis59k285k
#36Lawrence57k456k
#37Herbert57k228k
#38Leonard54k291k
#39Ernest54k301k
#40Alfred50k241k
#41Anthony50k1,424k
#42Stanley49k298k
#43Norman49k252k
#44Gerald45k447k
#45Daniel43k1,896k
#46Samuel43k740k
#47Bernard42k199k
#48Billy42k382k
#49Melvin41k242k
#50Marvin40k250k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary702k4,121k
#2Dorothy369k1,107k
#3Helen290k1,018k
#4Betty283k999k
#5Margaret245k1,244k
#6Ruth219k822k
#7Virginia170k648k
#8Doris151k462k
#9Mildred147k451k
#10Frances140k589k
#11Elizabeth140k1,621k
#12-Evelyn124k552k
#13Anna124k884k
#14Marie111k536k
#15Alice111k556k
#16Jean106k458k
#17Shirley99k685k
#18Barbara97k1,434k
#19Irene93k351k
#20Marjorie91k272k
#21Florence88k335k
#22Lois88k332k
#23Martha87k548k
#24Rose85k479k
#25Lillian83k433k
#26Louise83k332k
#27Catherine79k657k
#28Ruby77k344k
#29Eleanor75k277k
#30Patricia75k1,571k
#31Gladys73k266k
#32Annie69k348k
#33Josephine69k301k
#34Thelma69k225k
#35Edna69k294k
#36Norma65k277k
#37Pauline64k226k
#38Lucille64k222k
#39Edith63k265k
#40Gloria63k411k
#41Ethel63k279k
#42Phyllis62k322k
#43Grace60k483k
#44Hazel59k250k
#45June56k191k
#46Bernice56k182k
#47Marion55k188k
#48Dolores52k211k
#49Rita51k283k
#50Lorraine50k208k

Most Popular Names Of 1929

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert60k4,809k
#2James52k5,136k
#3John52k5,106k
#4-William48k4,088k
#5-Charles30k2,379k
#6-Richard30k2,561k
#7-Donald27k1,410k
#8-George23k1,461k
#9-Joseph21k2,593k
#10-Edward17k1,286k
#11-Thomas16k2,298k
#12-Frank13k909k
#13-Paul12k1,385k
#14Jack12k677k
#15Raymond12k771k
#16Harold12k549k
#17David11k3,601k
#18Kenneth11k1,271k
#19Walter10k619k
#20-Eugene9k378k
#21-Henry9k669k
#22-Arthur8k526k
#23Billy8k382k
#24Albert8k487k
#25-Herbert8k228k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary64k4,121k
#2-Betty37k999k
#3-Dorothy31k1,107k
#4-Helen21k1,018k
#5-Margaret19k1,244k
#6Doris16k462k
#7Barbara16k1,434k
#8Ruth16k822k
#9Shirley15k685k
#10Patricia14k1,571k
#11Virginia13k648k
#12-Jean12k458k
#13Joan12k480k
#14Dolores12k211k
#15Elizabeth11k1,621k
#16Frances11k589k
#17Lois10k332k
#18Mildred10k451k
#19Evelyn10k552k
#20Anna10k884k
#21Alice9k556k
#22Marie9k536k
#23Joyce9k507k
#24Phyllis8k322k
#25Norma8k277k

Most Popular Names Of 1928

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert61k4,809k
#2-John54k5,106k
#3-James53k5,136k
#4-William49k4,088k
#5-Charles31k2,379k
#6-Richard29k2,561k
#7Donald26k1,410k
#8George24k1,461k
#9-Joseph22k2,593k
#10-Edward18k1,286k
#11-Thomas17k2,298k
#12-Frank14k909k
#13-Paul13k1,385k
#14-Harold13k549k
#15Jack12k677k
#16Raymond12k771k
#17Kenneth11k1,271k
#18Walter11k619k
#19David10k3,601k
#20-Eugene10k378k
#21Henry9k669k
#22-Arthur9k526k
#23-Albert9k487k
#24-Ralph8k412k
#25Herbert8k228k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary67k4,121k
#2Betty36k999k
#3Dorothy34k1,107k
#4-Helen23k1,018k
#5-Margaret20k1,244k
#6-Ruth18k822k
#7-Doris17k462k
#8Barbara15k1,434k
#9Virginia14k648k
#10Shirley14k685k
#11Patricia12k1,571k
#12Jean12k458k
#13Frances12k589k
#14Elizabeth12k1,621k
#15Mildred12k451k
#16-Anna11k884k
#17Evelyn11k552k
#18Lois10k332k
#19Alice10k556k
#20Dolores10k211k
#21Marie9k536k
#22Martha8k548k
#23Norma8k277k
#24Rose8k479k
#25Gloria8k411k

Most Popular Names Of 1927

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert62k4,809k
#2-John56k5,106k
#3-James54k5,136k
#4-William51k4,088k
#5-Charles32k2,379k
#6Richard27k2,561k
#7George26k1,461k
#8Donald24k1,410k
#9Joseph24k2,593k
#10-Edward19k1,286k
#11-Thomas17k2,298k
#12-Frank14k909k
#13-Paul14k1,385k
#14-Harold13k549k
#15-Raymond13k771k
#16-Jack13k677k
#17-Walter11k619k
#18-Kenneth11k1,271k
#19-Henry10k669k
#20Eugene10k378k
#21David9k3,601k
#22Arthur9k526k
#23Albert9k487k
#24-Ralph8k412k
#25-Harry8k421k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary71k4,121k
#2-Dorothy36k1,107k
#3-Betty35k999k
#4-Helen25k1,018k
#5-Margaret22k1,244k
#6-Ruth19k822k
#7-Doris17k462k
#8-Virginia16k648k
#9Shirley13k685k
#10Barbara13k1,434k
#11Mildred13k451k
#12Frances13k589k
#13Elizabeth13k1,621k
#14Jean13k458k
#15Evelyn11k552k
#16Anna11k884k
#17-Alice11k556k
#18Patricia11k1,571k
#19-Lois11k332k
#20Marie10k536k
#21-Irene9k351k
#22Gloria9k411k
#23Rose8k479k
#24-Martha8k548k
#25Marjorie8k272k

Most Popular Names Of 1926

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert61k4,809k
#2-John56k5,106k
#3James53k5,136k
#4William52k4,088k
#5-Charles30k2,379k
#6-George26k1,461k
#7Richard25k2,561k
#8Joseph24k2,593k
#9Donald21k1,410k
#10Edward19k1,286k
#11-Thomas17k2,298k
#12-Frank14k909k
#13-Paul14k1,385k
#14-Harold13k549k
#15-Raymond13k771k
#16Jack12k677k
#17Walter12k619k
#18Kenneth10k1,271k
#19Henry10k669k
#20-Arthur9k526k
#21-Albert9k487k
#22-David9k3,601k
#23Eugene9k378k
#24Ralph8k412k
#25Harry8k421k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary68k4,121k
#2-Dorothy37k1,107k
#3-Betty33k999k
#4-Helen27k1,018k
#5-Margaret23k1,244k
#6-Ruth20k822k
#7Doris16k462k
#8Virginia16k648k
#9-Mildred14k451k
#10Frances13k589k
#11Elizabeth13k1,621k
#12Jean12k458k
#13Evelyn12k552k
#14Shirley12k685k
#15Anna12k884k
#16Barbara11k1,434k
#17Alice11k556k
#18Marie11k536k
#19Lois10k332k
#20-Gloria9k411k
#21Irene9k351k
#22Marjorie9k272k
#23Patricia9k1,571k
#24Martha9k548k
#25Rose9k479k

Most Popular Names Of 1925

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Robert61k4,809k
#2-John57k5,106k
#3-William53k4,088k
#4-James53k5,136k
#5-Charles30k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph25k2,593k
#8-Richard23k2,561k
#9-Edward20k1,286k
#10-Donald19k1,410k
#11-Thomas17k2,298k
#12-Frank15k909k
#13Paul14k1,385k
#14Harold14k549k
#15-Raymond12k771k
#16-Walter12k619k
#17-Jack12k677k
#18-Henry11k669k
#19-Kenneth10k1,271k
#20-Arthur10k526k
#21-Albert10k487k
#22David9k3,601k
#23Harry9k421k
#24Eugene9k378k
#25Ralph8k412k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary71k4,121k
#2-Dorothy39k1,107k
#3Betty33k999k
#4Helen29k1,018k
#5-Margaret24k1,244k
#6-Ruth22k822k
#7-Virginia17k648k
#8Doris16k462k
#9Mildred14k451k
#10Elizabeth14k1,621k
#11Frances14k589k
#12-Evelyn13k552k
#13-Anna12k884k
#14Jean12k458k
#15-Alice12k556k
#16Marie11k536k
#17Shirley11k685k
#18Lois10k332k
#19Irene9k351k
#20Gloria9k411k
#21Marjorie9k272k
#22Barbara9k1,434k
#23Martha9k548k
#24Florence9k335k
#25Lillian8k433k

Most Popular Names Of 1924

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1Robert61k4,809k
#2John59k5,106k
#3-William54k4,088k
#4-James53k5,136k
#5-Charles30k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph25k2,593k
#8Richard21k2,561k
#9Edward21k1,286k
#10-Donald18k1,410k
#11Thomas17k2,298k
#12Frank16k909k
#13-Harold14k549k
#14-Paul13k1,385k
#15-Raymond13k771k
#16-Walter13k619k
#17-Jack12k677k
#18-Henry11k669k
#19Kenneth10k1,271k
#20Arthur10k526k
#21Albert10k487k
#22-Harry9k421k
#23-Ralph9k412k
#24-David9k3,601k
#25-Eugene8k378k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary74k4,121k
#2-Dorothy40k1,107k
#3-Helen31k1,018k
#4Betty31k999k
#5Margaret27k1,244k
#6-Ruth24k822k
#7-Virginia19k648k
#8-Mildred16k451k
#9Doris16k462k
#10-Frances15k589k
#11Elizabeth15k1,621k
#12-Evelyn13k552k
#13-Anna13k884k
#14-Marie12k536k
#15-Alice12k556k
#16Jean11k458k
#17Marjorie10k272k
#18Irene10k351k
#19Shirley9k685k
#20Florence9k335k
#21-Martha9k548k
#22Lois9k332k
#23Lillian9k433k
#24Louise9k332k
#25Rose8k479k

Most Popular Names Of 1923

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John57k5,106k
#2-Robert56k4,809k
#3-William52k4,088k
#4-James50k5,136k
#5-Charles29k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph26k2,593k
#8-Edward21k1,286k
#9-Richard19k2,561k
#10Donald16k1,410k
#11Frank16k909k
#12Thomas16k2,298k
#13-Harold14k549k
#14-Paul13k1,385k
#15Raymond12k771k
#16Walter12k619k
#17Jack11k677k
#18Henry11k669k
#19-Arthur10k526k
#20-Albert10k487k
#21-Kenneth10k1,271k
#22-Harry9k421k
#23-Ralph9k412k
#24-David8k3,601k
#25-Eugene8k378k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary72k4,121k
#2-Dorothy39k1,107k
#3-Helen31k1,018k
#4-Margaret26k1,244k
#5Betty26k999k
#6Ruth24k822k
#7-Virginia18k648k
#8-Mildred16k451k
#9-Elizabeth15k1,621k
#10-Frances15k589k
#11-Doris15k462k
#12Evelyn13k552k
#13Anna13k884k
#14-Marie12k536k
#15-Alice11k556k
#16-Marjorie10k272k
#17-Irene10k351k
#18-Florence10k335k
#19Jean10k458k
#20Lillian9k433k
#21-Martha9k548k
#22-Louise9k332k
#23-Rose8k479k
#24-Catherine8k657k
#25Ruby8k344k

Most Popular Names Of 1922

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John57k5,106k
#2-Robert54k4,809k
#3-William51k4,088k
#4-James50k5,136k
#5-Charles29k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph26k2,593k
#8-Edward20k1,286k
#9Richard18k2,561k
#10Frank16k909k
#11-Thomas15k2,298k
#12Donald15k1,410k
#13Harold14k549k
#14-Paul13k1,385k
#15-Walter13k619k
#16-Raymond12k771k
#17-Henry11k669k
#18-Jack11k677k
#19-Arthur10k526k
#20-Albert10k487k
#21Kenneth9k1,271k
#22Harry9k421k
#23-Ralph8k412k
#24David8k3,601k
#25Eugene8k378k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary72k4,121k
#2-Dorothy38k1,107k
#3-Helen33k1,018k
#4-Margaret27k1,244k
#5-Ruth24k822k
#6Betty21k999k
#7Virginia19k648k
#8Mildred16k451k
#9Elizabeth15k1,621k
#10Frances15k589k
#11Doris14k462k
#12Anna13k884k
#13Evelyn13k552k
#14-Marie12k536k
#15-Alice11k556k
#16-Marjorie10k272k
#17Irene10k351k
#18Florence10k335k
#19-Lillian9k433k
#20Jean9k458k
#21-Martha9k548k
#22-Louise9k332k
#23Rose9k479k
#24Catherine9k657k
#25Gladys8k266k

Most Popular Names Of 1921

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John58k5,106k
#2Robert53k4,809k
#3William52k4,088k
#4-James50k5,136k
#5-Charles29k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph26k2,593k
#8-Edward21k1,286k
#9-Frank17k909k
#10-Richard16k2,561k
#11-Thomas15k2,298k
#12-Harold14k549k
#13Donald14k1,410k
#14-Paul13k1,385k
#15Walter13k619k
#16Raymond13k771k
#17-Henry11k669k
#18Jack11k677k
#19Arthur11k526k
#20Albert10k487k
#21-Harry10k421k
#22Kenneth9k1,271k
#23Ralph9k412k
#24Warren8k175k
#25-David8k3,601k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary74k4,121k
#2-Dorothy39k1,107k
#3-Helen35k1,018k
#4-Margaret28k1,244k
#5-Ruth26k822k
#6Virginia19k648k
#7Mildred18k451k
#8Betty18k999k
#9-Frances16k589k
#10Elizabeth16k1,621k
#11Anna14k884k
#12-Evelyn14k552k
#13Doris13k462k
#14Marie13k536k
#15-Alice12k556k
#16Marjorie11k272k
#17Florence11k335k
#18Irene11k351k
#19Lillian10k433k
#20-Rose9k479k
#21Martha9k548k
#22Louise9k332k
#23Catherine9k657k
#24Gladys9k266k
#25Jean9k458k

Most Popular Names Of 1920

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-John57k5,106k
#2-William50k4,088k
#3Robert49k4,809k
#4James48k5,136k
#5-Charles28k2,379k
#6-George27k1,461k
#7-Joseph26k2,593k
#8-Edward20k1,286k
#9-Frank16k909k
#10Richard15k2,561k
#11Thomas15k2,298k
#12Harold14k549k
#13Walter13k619k
#14Paul13k1,385k
#15Raymond12k771k
#16Donald12k1,410k
#17Henry11k669k
#18Arthur10k526k
#19Albert10k487k
#20Jack10k677k
#21Harry9k421k
#22-Ralph9k412k
#23Kenneth8k1,271k
#24-Howard7k345k
#25David7k3,601k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Mary71k4,121k
#2Dorothy37k1,107k
#3Helen35k1,018k
#4-Margaret28k1,244k
#5-Ruth26k822k
#6-Mildred18k451k
#7-Virginia17k648k
#8-Elizabeth16k1,621k
#9-Frances16k589k
#10-Anna15k884k
#11Betty14k999k
#12Evelyn14k552k
#13Marie13k536k
#14Doris12k462k
#15Alice12k556k
#16Florence11k335k
#17Irene10k351k
#18Lillian10k433k
#19Louise9k332k
#20Rose9k479k
#21Catherine9k657k
#22Gladys9k266k
#23Martha9k548k
#24Marjorie9k272k
#25Eleanor8k277k
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The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.